How to Choose Pumpkins to Carve
Picking a Pumpkin for Carving
Any type of pumpkin, gourd, or squash. No matter what you choice, the pumpkin should be firm and healthy looking to make for great pumpkin carving
- The skin of the pumpkin should be hard enough to protect it but and firm enough to carve. The skin can help keep the carved pumpkin fresh for the holidays.
- When you select a pumpkin, keep an eye out for gouges or blemishes. While dings and dents may give a pumpkin character, they also invite pests and encourage rotting.
- Tap the pumpkin gently and listen for a slightly hollow sound.
- Lifting the pumpkin will also give you a good idea of how dense it is. The heavier the pumpkin, the thicker the walls.
- Thick walls block the candlelight and carving details will be lost. If you end up with a thick-walled one, you can shave the walls from the inside.
- The shape is up to your own taste, but test it to see if your pumpkin does not roll over when you try to display it.
- The smaller pumpkin are great for kids to carve and to use as decorations. “Wee-B-Little,” “Baby Bear,” and the cool looking white “Baby Boo” pumpkins.
- White pumpkins, like “Lumina,” are fun to paint and most make great cooking pumpkins.
How to keep carved pumpkins fresh.
A freshly carved jack-o’-lantern will start to dry as soon as it is cut. But there are ways to keep your carved pumpkin fresh and extend its life through Halloween.
- Be sure to scrape and discard as much of the pulp as possible.
- Don’t use real candles to light it.
- KEEP PUMPKINS OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT
- Clean the inside.
- Clean with peppermint dish soap.
- Give it a bleach-water bath after you carve it.
- Place it in a cool spot.
- Spritz the pumpkin with lemon water.
- Protect it at from the threat of frost.
- Apply a tablespoon of floor wax to a water-dampened rag and apply to the shell. The wax will help sheld the pumpkins.